Have you been sleeping more since you read my last post? Have you at least been trying to get more sleep?
Well, just like I promised, here are some of my tips for falling asleep faster, getting more sleep, and getting higher quality sleep.
Keep in mind, I’m not a doctor, nurse, sleep expert, or anything else like that. I’m just a person who has trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and getting good quality sleep.
Most of the time, I have a lot of stress that keeps me from falling asleep quickly. I’m also a light sleeper, so every little noise and movement wakes me up in the middle of the night. But, luckily, I have a few tips and tricks that help me fall asleep and stay asleep!
I know we’re all different, but here are some things that work for me:
Establish a bedtime routine.
My routine is usually to take a bath, take out my contacts, eat a snack, and either watch Netflix, crochet, or read. This helps my body understand that it’s time to wind down (both physically and mentally), so I can relax much sooner.
Drink tea before bed.
Once in a while, I’ll have a warm cup of tea before bed. This not only warms me up, but it also fills my belly and makes me drowsy. Just be sure it’s caffeine-free or herbal tea!
Watch TV to lull you into sleep.
I know we’ve been told that we should turn off the lights and get into bed to tell our brains to turn off. But in my personal experience, it helps me calm my mind by watching a show or movie I like. It helps me relax and stop worrying, and then I drift off into peaceful sleep.
Use your smartphone or e-reader to relax your mind.
I’ve been hearing a lot about how you shouldn’t use your smartphone or tablet before bed because the bright light tricks your brain into thinking it’s daytime and you should wake up. But hear me out!
This, for me, works just like watching TV by allowing me to forget the worries of the day and fall fast asleep. Play a relaxing game, read a good book, or browse Pinterest. Whatever you do, just turn the screen brightness all the way down so you don’t keep yourself up.
Have a snack before bed.
I know they say eating before bed is bad because it makes you gain weight. Well, getting poor sleep at night because you’re hungry is going to make you gain weight too, so it’s your choice. Personally, I like going to sleep on a full stomach and not waking up starving in the morning.
Take a bath in the evening.
Run yourself a hot bath, grab a book or magazine, and relax. Let your mind and body relax, and you’ll be able to peacefully head to bed shortly after.
Prepare items for tomorrow before sleeping.
Before you jump into bed, get everything ready for the next day. Pack your lunch for work, pick out your clothes, get your keys and jacket out, pack your gym bag, and do anything else you normally do in the morning. Not only will this ease your mind, but you can also sleep in a few extra minutes in the morning!
Stretch before crawling in bed.
I don’t do this as often as I should, but it’s a great tip! Stretch your legs and back (even while sitting in bed), and your body will instantly feel less tense. Also, if you tend to get leg cramps at night, this might help you out.
Use a fan or earplugs to drown out noise.
I usually only use a fan to sleep, but if the neighbors are loud or my boyfriend is snoring, I’ll use earplugs too. This really helps if you’re a light sleeper because if you have a fan on and earplugs in, you won’t hear much at all. But don’t worry, you’ll still hear your alarm clock!
Let me know in the comments below if you have any tips on getting better sleep! And don’t forget to take your nap today!